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At Alban City School, we believe that History plays a vital part in children’s learning and in developing a broad and rich curriculum to inspire and build upon knowledge.  The History curriculum is taught in a sequential chronological order which builds upon prior learning and enables children to make links in their knowledge and consolidate their historical understanding.  We aim to provide pupils with a broad and balanced view of British History and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.  Our children are taught about significant aspects of the history of the wider world, for example, ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory and learn about the lives of significant people of the past including significant individuals from different cultures.

We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also through the use of fieldwork and educational enhancements such as trips and visits.  The history curriculum at Alban City draws from and makes full use of the immediate and wider local area, enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality.

Children will follow a curriculum that is designed to build upon prior learning in terms of skills and knowledge and has been set out in a naturally chronological format.  Our aim is for children to develop a sense of chronology from the earliest of times to the present day, and through this develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events.   We encourage our children to develop their skills of inquiry through asking questions and carrying out research as well as evaluating primary and secondary sources to develop their skills of analysis, interpretation and problem-solving. Our historians will be able to explain clearly how these sources give us an insight about how people around the world used to live and how these interpretations may differ.  Key historical vocabulary linked to the topic is taught within lessons and children are encouraged to develop their understanding of the past and make connections through the use of timelines.  Children will be taught to make links between these areas of learning, with the aim of developing engaged, motivated and curious learners who can reflect on the past and make meaningful links to the present day.